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Tax check-off for veterans

A voluntary tax check-off to support programs and services for veterans is being proposed by Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna.

The proposed legislation was announced earlier today in Ballston Spa at the Guardian House, which aids homeless female veterans and would be supported by this type of check-off. The announcement came after Tedisco and Farley accompanied U.S. Army Major General Peter S. Lennon and other local veterans through a tour of the facility.

The idea for this tax check-off, according to a release, was from Clifton Park veteran Jim Easton and Clifton Park Supervisor Barrett. Talking about the check-off, Easton said in a statement, “This fund will give New Yorkers the opportunity to financially support veterans' programs. The number of issues affecting veterans makes this support even more critical."

Below is a video from the announcement of the tax credit.

“Our country owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans,” Farley said in a statement. “More needs to be done to ensure that they have the programs and services they need. There are many valuable programs throughout New York State , such as the VETHELP programs offered by the Saratoga County RPC, to assist veterans with their health, mental health, employment and housing needs."

"Our tax check-off bill would provide citizens with a convenient and effective way to assist veterans by providing financial support for programs like these," he added.

Tedisco said this proposal is a way for all New Yorkers to say thanks for the service of local veterans. Programs like the Guardian House, he said, ensure that veterans can get back to a normal life when they return home from combat.

The Guardian House is currently in the running for a $25,000 prize from Home Depot. People can vote for the Guardian House by clicking HERE.

In the Assembly the proposal is bill number is 5409 and it is number 4349 in the state Senate.

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